Year 1 Blog
Welcome to the blog for our Year 1 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.
Green Class Teacher
Mrs De Vynck
Purple Class Teacher
We are back and the children have shown that they are ready for another term, our last in Year 1. We can’t believe how quickly the year is passing by. The children are showing increased confidence and independence and we are very proud of them.
As you will see in our half-term overview, sent home with their home learning books today, our topic is based on traditional tales, especially the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. We have read different versions of the story, re-told the story using sounds during Music Lesson and today the children described some of the characters in the book, using a variety of adjectives.
In Maths we are investigating numbers within 100, using place value charts, part-part-whole model and concrete manipulatives, especially dienes. The children are using their knowledge of number bonds to represent numbers greater than 20. In one of our lessons we investigated the number 100 and how to represent it using groups of 10.
The good weather has allowed us to take our learning outside more often, so please remember to send your children wearing a cap (preferably a school cap), a water bottle and also wearing sun cream. Please apply sun cream at home as children are not allowed to bring it into school.
Thank you to all of you who replied to our consultation regarding the Year 1 school trip. We have had a great response and we have confirmed the educational trip with both Ashridge Forrest and coach company. Letters will be sent home next week with more details. Inform your class teacher if you would like to help by supporting a small group of children during the trip.
Have you all a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!
Mrs Foulds and Mrs De Vynck
Thank you so much to Harvey in Year 1, for entering the Aldi “Get Set To Eat Fresh” competition. He won their design a bag competition, which raised £50 for our school.
For our Discovery Room, we are now the proud owners of;
- cooling racks
- tea towels
- wooden chopping boards
- cleaning cloths
Plus some activity books for lunchtimes.
Thank you Harvey and congratulations.
Last week we took part in Science Week.
The focus of this year was to think about materials to make a paper aeroplane. The children chose how they would like to do this, considering which material would be best and why.
They then tested how far the plane flew and thought about ways to improve it.
There were prizes given for the planes which flew the furthest, as well as to those children who thought like scientists and gave explanations as to why they chose the materials.
Well done to these children for making planes which flew furthest
Isa, Jamal and Gowri
Congratulations to these children for their scientific explanations
Sandra, Tomas, Josh, Jake, Ben and Evie.
A final congratulations to Sam H for his perseverance.
A child in Silver Class unfortunately did not get to take their prize home as it has been taken out of her book bag. If your child is not listed above, and has come home with a plane making kit, please return it to either Mrs Hostein, Mrs Fernandes or Miss Lewis to discuss this.
This week we celebrated British Science Week with an experiment to build and improve paper airplanes. First the children built the airplanes using a pattern and a A4 piece of paper and tested them. They then discussed what they could change to make it go further. They could only make one change: the size of the paper, the thickness of the paper or the design ~ fair test. They predicted what would happen and why and recorded in their plans. Finally they tested both and checked if their predictions were corrected. Yesterday they made additional changes to their models and re-tested outside.
Our big write today was a recount of the story “The way back home”, based on the video we watched this week, and using the story maps they drew yesterday.
In Maths we continued to learn about halves and quarters, direction and movement. Next week we will be learning about measuring length. We start by measuring using non-standard units and comparing before moving on to standard units.
While we write the blog, the children are busy moving and grooving at the PTA’s popular disco!
Have you all a fabulous weekend.
Year 1 Team
Today we let the children lead us through writing a weekly blog.
*** Purple Class ***
Our big write was about “The Great Paper Caper”. We planned our stories by drawing a story map on Wednesday when some parents visited Purple Class to learn with us.
Chace reminded us that on Tuesday Adam Guillain did a workshop with the whole school and Year 1 acted out the story The Magic Sack. “Quack Quack Quack I want my money back!”. They retold the story using actions and drew the story maps.
Leo and Ziyad explained that in Maths we are learning how to split things (2-d and 3-d shapes) and numbers in two equal parts.We used the part-part-whole model to help us. We had to remember that the 2 parts have to be the same/equal.
In Computing, we are learning to insert clipart into a Word document, change the size of our pictures, insert text and save it.
In Geography, we are learning about maps. In RE, in the last two weeks, we have produced a beautiful stained glass window where each of us draw and painted one tile to form our class window. We described what each design means to us and we love to see the light shinning through.
Green Class wrote an e-mail to Mrs De Vynck reporting their own activities this week.
In Maths this week we have been doing our number bonds, seeing if a number is equal or unequal and sharing it between two. We folded shapes in half with one fold making it equal on both sides.
We have been doing our big write and we were so grown up that we did it with no help. We retold the story of the Great Paper Caper. We needed to remember our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We were really proud of the work that we did.
In Geography we were drawing maps of our school and had to remember where the shops were, the Juniors and the Church.
On Tuesday the Author came to visit. He did some really good quick drawing and we really enjoyed the story he told.
We asked the children in both Year 1 classes what they like most in our school day and here are some of their answers:
- Maths: Number bonds ~ Halving and Doubling ~ Number bonds to 10: Johan)
- Read Write Inc
- Golden Time on Fridays
- Lunch time
- Big Write
- Book Club
- Daily mile
- RE and arts
- We love everything
We hope you enjoy talking to your children about their learning in school.
Have a lovely weekend,
Year 1 team
This week the whole school are taking part in Waste Week, with a focus of reducing, reusing and recycling.
We elected 12 new Eco ambassadors to launch the week and they will be meeting with Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis to discuss the week and how we can be better at reducing waste, reusing waste and recycling more in school.
Alex and Peggy in Blue Class
Danny and Dixie in Red Class
Tabitha and Adam in Green Class
Johan and Maryam in Purple Class
Cara and Sam in Silver Class
Autman and Natalie in Gold Class
We look forward to working with you this term
Today we announced the results of the School Council Elections. Congratulations to;
Noah and Shakirah
Jonny and Helena
Ruben and Jessica-Rose
Toby, Anna and Roxy (who tied)
Thank you to the previous School Councillors who did a great job representing their school.
We are back in the fast lane. Now we are officially on our second half of Year 1.
In Maths we have been finding the difference between two numbers and applying the vocabulary of “greater than”, “lesser than”, “the difference between … and … is ….”. You could practice this at home using a number line or concrete objects with numbers to 20.
We have started a new book called The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers and the children have written excellent sentences describe what the characters are doing and thinking. They are really enjoying the story. The blurb reads: “A thrilling tale of mystery, crime, alibis, paper planes, a forest and a bear who wanted to win”. This is a really engaging book with captivating illustrations.
The highlight of this week was the Skipping Day. All children had a fantastic experience learning the basic skills for skipping as well as developing their confidence. At the end of the day some children were chosen by Dan, the Skipping Man, to perform an extravaganza of skipping skills. They particularly liked when their friends performed the double dutch skipping.
In Geography we are learning about maps. We will explore our local area at a date to be confirmed. We were hoping that we would be able to spot some early signs of Spring therefore we are just keeping an eye out for warmer weather. During our first topic lesson we explored our local playground and the children built a class map identifying the key features and where they are located.
In PE we are developing our games skills by throwing and catching, dribbling, using different balls and playing different team games. On Fridays, we use our apparatus in the hall and today the children started to learn to move the equipment safely themselves. We talked about how to lift, work as a team and follow instruction.
The home learning books were sent back with a new grid and new spellings. Please remember that we collect these every Wednesday for both classes. We also recommend that children have all their books: library book, reading book and reading diary and home learning book, every day in their book bags.
We wish a lovely weekend, stay warm. See you on Monday.
The Year 1 Team
What a busy and fun first half of Year 1 it has been! When we looked back at our books today during Book Look, we were impressed at all the progress the children have made. We are embedding our learning and applying skills to their writing and reading. Thank you to all parents who could share their children’s learning today. They really like to show off their fantastic efforts, especially with their parents and carers.
Tuesday it was Internet Safety Day and we had a whole week of activities highlighting the importance of being safe when using the internet both at school and at home. Starting with an Assembly on Tuesday, the children drew posters in their classrooms, worked on building a display for the whole school and also completed their Big Write around this theme. We had interesting conversations with the children. Please follow up at home. Ask them what are their top tips and what to do when they are using their electronic devices and something unusual happens. There will be a workshop in the near future when parents will also be invited.
We apologise for having to cancel “learning with your child” in Purple Class due to Mrs De Vynck being unwell. We have rescheduled it for the beginning of the next half-term and appointments will be available soon.
In Maths we finished our Unit on Place Value, comparing numbers using place value and number lines as well as counting in tens, fives and twos. Please practice this skill with your child at home. Although rote counting is important, using real objects to apply this knowledge is essential for their learning.
We are planning a range of exciting activities for Spring 2 and we wish you a restful and exciting half-term, whatever the weather.
The Year 1 team
This week the children have been reviewing some of the strategies they have learnt in Maths and deciding which ones they like most and which are more useful. For example, when the numbers in an addition equation are greater than 5, they can use the “make ten” strategy. In 9 + 6, they can make ten by taking one from 6 then they will have 10 + 5, which they will add up by using their knowledge of teen numbers. They tried this method using both the bead string and the ten-frames to see which suit them better. We find that each child will have their favourite way of adding: counting on, using near doubles, making ten first, using the number line or concrete manipulatives. It is important that they understand that there’s no right or wrong way, only that these strategies help them to solve mental maths problems more quickly and efficiently.
In Computing they have been illustrating the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood, using the software Paint. They can also use Purple Mash to practice their drawing skills.
Our Big Writing today focused on editing our own work, looking especially for missing capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We asked the children to re-write their work making the necessary changes, including writing neater in their final draft. These skills take some time to embed and we will continue to develop them in following sessions.
We look forward to meeting some of you next week sharing some of your children’s learning.
Have you all a restful weekend.
Year 1 Team